New rules of grammar flunk common sense test

info@islandpacket.comNovember 22, 2013 

Other than Obamacare, President Obama himself, high unemployment, our burgeoning-but-unaddressed national debt and socialist welfare programs, the one thing that really bugs me is how grammar is changing -- especially the disregard for keeping the tenses consistent from subject to verb.

I suppose it has to do with not demeaning the female sex. Example: "The team put their best player at point guard." Who the heck is the "their?" Is the person male or female? This grammar change has become common usage, even in other countries. Consider this declaration from Rob Ford, the recently power-stripped mayor of Toronto, Canada: "If I would have had a mayor conducting themselves the way I have, I would have done exactly the same thing." Notice how one mayor just hypothetically became more than one. In my opinion, Mayor Ford should have lost his job simply because he flunked English.

As Henry Higgins said, "There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven't used it for years." Admittedly, our recent replacement of proper grammar with improper grammar is not as disastrous as kowtowing and subsidizing the vocal majority who much prefer being on the dole than having a job. Both proper grammar and our nation's Capitol are beyond salvation.

Don Gwaltney

Bluffton

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